Newcastle boss Steve Bruce is set to be given until the end of the season to prove that he is the right manager to guide the club to European football.

The Premier League is in the process of ratifying a proposed £300m takeover of the club by Amanda Staveley’s Saudi-backed consortium, which includes Saudi’s Crown Prince, Mohammed bin Salman. Max Allegri, Mauricio Pochettino and former Newcastle boss Rafa Benitez are the potential replacements for Bruce.

Yasir Al-Rumayyan, the head of the Saudi Public Investment Fund (PIF), will take over as chairman of Newcastle, with PCP Capital Partners, in particular Staveley, involved in the day-to-day running of the club. Al-Rumayyan’s targets are for Newcastle to win trophies and qualify regularly for Europe.

Bruce, has guided Newcastle to 13th in the Premier League table and a meeting with holders Manchester City in the FA Cup quarter-finals prior to the suspension of football due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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